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Did you know?
The beautiful wild flowers of Fall Creek Falls are being devastated by the feral hog population. These feral hogs are hybrids that have escaped from domestic herds or released for hunting purposes. These animals are a serious threat to the wildflowers of the plateau and can be hunted any time during the year.
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the land we know as Fall Creek Falls State Park was a part of the great Cherokee Indian nation. By 1825, the Cherokees had formed their own national governing body, crafted their own constitution and set up their own government based in north Georgia at New Echota on the Oostanaula River. "Much of their formal written organization was due to the Tennessee-born Sequoyah, who developed the written language of the Cherokees and introduced it in 1821," says Charlie Rhodarmer, manager/director of the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore.
In 1830, the United States Congress passed the Indian Removal Act forcing most of the Cherokee people onto what is now known as the "Trail of Tears". This 900 mile trek went through Dayton, TN and along the Black Fox trail in Fall Creek Falls State Park.
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Spencer, the county seat of Van Buren County, TN is named after Thomas Sharp Spencer (d. 1794) who was aptly named "Bigfoot". Rumor has it that "Bigfoot" was so large his footprints scarred a settler into thinking a monster was near and he ran away. Spencer was a Long Hunter (an explorer who would spend six months at a time hunting over long distances collecting pelts) who, like Daniel Boone, came to Tennessee with Anthony Bledsoe and others in the late 1700s. Thomas was killed by a Cherokee Indian in 1794 on what was later named Spencer Hill. There is some disagreement as to the location of Spencer Hill and whether it is actually in Van Buren County.
Mitchell Manor At Fall Creek Falls, Inc is located in Van Buren County, TN.
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. . . There is a playground and running track right across the street from us that is open to any one.
. . . One of the best non-touristy things to do is the Pikeville Farmers Market every Saturday morning. Great place to find local crafts and produce. Don’t forget golf either. Not only is the Fall Creek Falls Golf Course nearby but about 30 minutes from here is Crossville, the golf capital of Tennessee.
. . .we are often asked about bears in the park. The last one was filmed about mid-July on a game cam by one of the park rangers. In case you don't know, a game cam is mounted on a tree along a game trail and is triggered when an animal crosses the infrared beam coming from the camera.
Did you know . . .
. . . Rhododendrons can grow as tall as forty feet and up to twenty-five feet wide! One type, called Rhododendron Maximum or Rosebay, is perfectly suited for life on Wheeler mountain. It has beautiful white or pink flowers about one inch in diameter that bloom in June. It loves acidic soil which Mitchell Manor has plenty of. We hope to has some these planted in the next year so come by and see them.
. . . The speed limit on the south side of park is 40 mph while at the entrance on the north side is only 20 mph. Be careful and dont get a ticket.
Fall Creek Falls Inn Closes as of April 1, 2018
The Fall Creek Falls Inn closed as April 1, 2018 for demolition and rebuilding according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press and other sources. Apparently, asbestos was found on the property and twice contractors have turned down Republican Governor Bill Haslam's plan to outsource park hospitality functions citing concern over asbestos removal and disposal. Haslam leaves office in January of 2019 and a new governor will be left holding the bag. Many vendors complained that the buildings themselves were falling apart. Van Buren County Mayor Greg Wilson did not respond to a request for comment by the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Van Buren County Mayor Greg Wilson did comment at a special meeting of the Van Buren County Commission that the two-year closure would effect many hospitality workers and other businesses in the area. The Commission may seek an injunction to block plans to close the inn.
This has become a moot point since the Inn and Restaurant closed April 1, 2018. Employees of the Inn were placed on the state's Reduction In Force list meaning they would be first in line for job openings throughout the state. Full time employees were given a one time lump sum severance of $3,200 and two years of free tuition to Tennessee colleges while part time employees were given a one time lump sum of $1,000 and one year of free tuition. The estimated cost of rebuilding the Inn is already at $25 million but rumor has that it could go much higher and the inn closed for more than two years.
Some local businesses will benefit from the Inn's closing. Mitchell Manor, the new bed and breakfast just inside the north entrance to the park has a few rooms available now and soon hopes to open more rooms and Nonna's Kitchen.
Special thanks to the Chattanooga Times Free Press for reporting these developments.